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Notes from Storytime

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne BloomIn A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom, writing is part of the story. Pointing out print and the uses of writing will help your child become aware that print is all around us. That knowledge is part of the early literacy skill called print awareness.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By eemerick on February 3, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

Spot Goes to a Party

Spot Goes to a PartyIn the book Spot Goes to a Party by Eric Hill, you can tell when the character is talking because it is written in a speech bubble. Point to the words they are saying as you read them. This helps your child understand that you are reading the text and helps develop print awareness.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant


By eemerick on October 28, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness

Bright Stanley

Bright StanleyPrint awareness is learning that print has meaning and that words represent real things. Children like books that have pictures of objects that are familiar to them. In the book Bright Stanley by Matt Buckingham, while Stanley may swim in the ocean, he is a fish, something that many children are familiar with. When you read this book, talk about fish and where you see them in real like (like in the fish tank at the Library). By doing this, you are showing children that pictures represent real things.

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on July 22, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness

Print Awareness

Lola at the LibraryBefore children can learn to read, they need to know how to handle a book. This involves knowing how to turn the pages, as well as understanding that what you read is the text on the page and not the pictures. Call attention to these things as you are reading, without getting in the way of the story too much. This is called print awareness.

–Tip by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By eemerick on April 16, 2013 Categories: Print Awareness

Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin

Giggle, Giggle QuackGiggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin is a book where writing is important to the story. You can have your child draw pictures and “write” lists or notes to someone else. This helps them develop their print awareness skill.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By eemerick on October 15, 2012 Categories: Print Awareness

Encourage Writing

Bunny CakesIn the book Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells, writing is very important to the story. You can have your child draw pictures and “write” lists. As you walk or drive around, point out signs and read what they say. That is how your child will become aware that print is all around them. Writing can be very motivating. It helps children make the connection between the spoken and the written word. Encourage your children to write. You could begin by making a shopping list together the next time you go shopping.

–Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on August 6, 2012 Categories: Print Awareness

Examples of Text in the Story

Guji GujiThe books Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen, The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett, and Foxy and Egg by Alex T. Smith each illustrate a use of text in everyday life, such as the characters reading a book or following a recipe. Point out these examples of text to your child as you’re reading! This helps children become aware of the print around them in their world.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on May 28, 2012 Categories: Print Awareness

Environmental Print

Go! Go! Go!In some books, you can find text in the pictures, showing examples of environmental print, like the signs and labels we see around us every day. Pointing these out to your kids, and asking them to help you find them, helps to reinforce the early literacy skill of print awareness. In Go! Go! Go! by Roxie Munro, each scene has two spreads. The first is just an illustration, but there is a sign or label within the picture that you can point to or that your child can help you find. The second spread has text you can read aloud as part of the story, as well as a flap you can fold out to show the action that’s happening.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on January 23, 2012 Categories: Print Awareness

Blue Goose

Blue GooseNinety-five percent of children’s attention goes to the pictures in the book, rather than the text. You can help children notice the print by pointing to a few words as you read. Before you read Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri, ask your child to pick a color from the back cover of the book. Then as you read the story, trace the word for that color with your finger. See SimonSaysKids for fun coloring sheets that go along with the book.

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By eemerick on October 31, 2011 Categories: Print Awareness


Poof!Some books incorporate the text into the pictures, which is a good way to help children become aware of the words on the page. This helps build the early literacy skill of print awareness. In the book, Poof! by John O’Brien, sometimes characters have speech bubbles showing what sound they are making. Also, the word, “Poof!” is shown in a cloud on many of the pages throughout the story. So when you see this word, you can wave your pretend magic wand in the air and say, “Poof!” And then turn the page and see what happens!

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator 

By MPPL on August 29, 2011 Categories: Print Awareness